ing as well as jointly reward and punishment system building among government depart
ments for high-quality development of cross-bor
der posting and delivery services, Tu said. In 2018, Chinese express delivery firms handled a record 50.71 billion p
arcels, up 26.6 percent from the previous year. Bu
siness revenue expan ded by 21.8 percent to reach 603.84 billion yuan (about $90 billion).
China’s smartphone shipments fell 4.1 percent year on year in March to 26.94 million units,
data from the China Academy of Informa
tion and Communications Technology (CAICT) showed. Last month, smartphones made up 94.9 percent of all mobile phone shipments in the country, acc
ording to a report from the CAICT, a research institute under the Ministry of Industry
and Information Technology. Despite the mobile phone market shrinking, the drop has been moderated, said the report.
Overall mobile phone shipments went down 6 percent in March, narrowing from the 19.9-percent slump in February to 28.37 million units, among which 95.1
o take the national college entrance examination, or gaokao, to be ad
mitted to a university. Independent enroll
ment was added as an alternative admission met hod in 2003 to allow some key universities to enroll students based on subjective criteria.
Currently, 90 universities have allocated 5 perce
nt of their enrollment slots to indepen dent students with special talents. They admit more than 20,000 such students every year.
Tests of academic competence and intervie
ws are usually required. Universit ies start the independent enrollment process in March, while the gaokao takes place in June.
The gaokao is a highly competitive and stressful t
est, and in some provinces with large num bers of high school graduates, a single point can separate more than 1,000 students. The exams create a lot of anxiety amo
ng students and parents, and some will do anything possible, even committing fraud, to be admitted to a better university.
play an active facilitating role, and create better conditions for and inject greater momentum into the development of bilateral relations.
n Senate warmly welcomes Xi for his visit, Casellati said, notin g that the Italian and Chinese peoples have always trusted each other and maintained pr
endship, with close ties in such fields as economy and trade, and culture. The Senate speaker said she agrees with Xi on his remarks about the traditional friendly exchanges betwe
en the two countries dating back over 2,000 ye
ars, published in leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera ahead of his visit. China and Italy are major countries that boast a rich culture, she said, adding that Italy is willing to boost communication and co
with the Chinese side in such fields as culture, art, language, heritage protection, tourism, science and tec hnology, and innovation, and encourage their youths to increase exchanges and mutual understanding.
plant business owner Lee Won-jeong in 2017 bought the site from Kim, but kept him on as manager. Lee is based in Busan, in the south of the country, and claims he was unaware of the problems at the site.
Lee says that after the sale, Kim deposited
more than 80 times the amount of g arbage permitted at the site, including household waste, construction materials, and discarded polymer.
The manager of the site had a permit to dump 2,0
00 tons of waste, the site holds more than 80 times that now. As the trash mountain decomposed, gas built up under the surface. In December last year, fires began to appear.
Lee says that when he learned of Kim’s misco
nduct he fired him. Kim has since disappeared and CNN was unable to reach him for comment. Kwon Hyun-soo, the Uiseong county environmental supervisor, says local authorities ar
e using their own resources to tackle the trash but the
flaming mountain is too big for them to resolve. ”The waste is mostly from outside of our region. It’s too much for us to take care of the issue at the local level,” says Kwon.
back to whoever sent you here,” she says, citing that the deal doesn’t have a
single Republican in favor of the proposal and “the k
ey to good legislation is to tailor something that you write so that it can pass,
and you can get a step ahead.” When a girl urges her to vote yes anyway, Feinstein replies, “I may do that … but it’s not a good resolution.”
In a statement Friday night about the confrontati
on, Feinstein said she “always welcomes the oppo rtunity to hear from Californians who feel passionately about this issue and it remains a top priority of mine.”
”Unfortunately, it was a brief meeting but I want the children to know they were heard loud and clear. I have been and rem
itted to doing everything I can to enact real, meaningful climate change legislation,” Feinstein said. ”We had a spirited discussion and I presented the group with my draft resolution
that provides specific responses to the climate change crisis, which I plan to introduce soon.”
ersation at times grew heated, especially when Feinstein dismissed the group’s request due to their tone and their youth.
Another three prototypes for China’s first homegrown large passenger jet, the C919, will conduct their maiden flights this year, follow
ing the success of a third one on Dec 28, 2018, a
ccording to the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd (COMAC), the maker of the jet. The 104 prototype test aircraft of the China-made C919 has entered its final assembly stage, the 10
5 is under
going the assembly of major components, and the main components of the 106 are in pro duction. The maiden test flights for all three new prototype jets are expected to take place before the end of 2019.
The addition of these three would bring the total nu
mber of C919 prototype test aircraft to six. To date, domestic and overseas buyers have placed orders for 815 of the China-m
ade C919 aircraft.Chinese communities around the world welcomed the Year of th
e Pig on Feb 5, ushering in Lunar New Year with p
rayers, family feasts and shopping sprees. Celebrations took place across the globe, ranging from Southeast Asia’s centuries-old Chi
nese communities to the more recently established Chinatowns of Sydney, London, Vancouver, Los Angeles and beyond.